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    Old 03-30-2006, 02:18 AM   #1
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    Drx 9000

    IM new here, but so many of the problems Im reading about are what Ive been experiencing. Tomorrow I start the spinal decompression using the drx 9000 machine. I have searched everywhere and can find no negatives on it. The doctor is so confident that I will be thrilled with the outcome, that he will refund all my money if I dont feel better by the 12th treatment! I have a herniated disc, and a bulging disc. Extreme lower back,leg pain and buttock pain. Im on all sorts of pain and muscle relaxers and valium. They dont seem to make the pain go away but Im so stoned from them that I dont care about the pain! These pains have ruined my life for 6 months. I can hardly walk, forget going out anywhere where there is "activity" I love to work on my house, but thats stopped also. I ve done acupuncture which helps a bit but slowly, PT, stretching... DR John Sarno methods, hypnotizing all work a little bit. I am looking forward to the DRX 9000. I have an open mind though. I realize that if this doesnt work, surgery is a must. Please let me know if any of you have used the DRX 9000. I understand that the mechanics of this machine are different than the other types on the market.

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    Old 03-30-2006, 07:35 AM   #2
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    greg,

    Before I found myself a true spine specialist instead of a general ortho and neuro surgeons, I did such a treatment while under their care. Actually it felt quite good the first few times, but then one day I let out a scream and curled into the fetal position. My did blew out totally into the spinal cord and I wound up in the ER. Still, if your primary or your back doctor is recommending it after doing a thorough exam and seeing all your films, it may be worth a try.

    If your back doctor is a general ortho or neuro surgeon and you look back over these threads, you will see that I encourage inidividuals who have severe back problems, especially if they have been going on for a while to see a true spine specialist. If you are not aware of the differences, please use the search feature at the top and find a thread I started on how to find a spine specialist in your local area.

    While these doctors are either ortho or neuro surgeons, since they completed the extensive spine fellowship and then dedicated their practice time to just the spinal area, these doctors have many times more experience than a general ortho or neuro who has been practicing the same number of years. Not only experience time on the spine, but these are the doctors the companies work with first and more frequently on new techniques, new equipment and clinical trials involving the spine.

    Finally, when I was being treated by a general ortho/neuro surgical team for my first several surgeries, it was not until I was temporarily paralyzed and left to fend for myself that I realized there were true spine specialists. When I saw a number to find the right one for me, it was then that I learned that when there is severe and constant pain from compression of a nerve, the longer you wait the more you reduce your chances for a full recovery. The ortho/neuro team had never let me know that and worked with me to avoid surgery, without explaining the consequences. The spine specialist told me at that point, after I had been stuck bent over for more than 10 months that with corrective surgery within 6 months there is an excellent chance for full recovery from the pain and/or numbness one suffers, while that chance drops to about 75 percent at 9 months and only 50 percent at a year or so. Fortunately, the spine specialist I chose is so superior to many doctors I've seen that I did get rid of the pain with surgery, but did not recover from the numb toes, but that's better than keeping the pain.

    I've had 8 spine surgeries now, and the last was Dec 04 with a 10 level fusion. Although I no longer am able to bend except at the hips, I am walking, working and maintaining my home and acre yard, and caring for a parent. Had I not researched and sought out spine specialists until I found the right one for me who explains and shows me what is going on, I would not be as well off today.

    If your doctor is not a true spine specialist, please considering seeking out a good spine specialist to get evaluated and find out specific treatments short term and long term for your condition. Long before fusion, if you have a really good spine specialist and the rest of your body is not worn out, you may very well be able to have an artifical disc replacment and not need fusion, at least for many years.

    Best wishes and let us know how things are going.

     
    Old 03-30-2006, 07:37 AM   #3
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    HI,
    WOW I just got thru watching video for DRX 9000, how I wish I would have been offered that treatment, it certainly seems worth trying. I do have a sister in law who would qualify for this treatment. Could you keep us updated, I am very interested in how you do, I wish you the best of luck. God Bless.

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    Old 03-31-2006, 02:37 AM   #4
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    I will keep you informed.

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    Old 04-02-2006, 06:33 PM   #5
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    Well, As of Saturday I had my second of 24 treatments. I left the office feeling a bit sore ( doctor said I would) I went home and iced it for a bit... started feeling fairly good. Actually took the kids and wife to see a movie (Ice Age 2) and felt pretty good. Sunday was a bit better during the day andI probably overdid it as I am a bit sore tonite. But I am looking forward to the next treatment tomorrow
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    Old 04-02-2006, 08:37 PM   #6
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    HI,
    Great news !!! I will be praying for continued improvement. Good luck.

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    Old 04-02-2006, 10:46 PM   #7
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    greg,

    So glad that the treatment seems to be helping you. Hope all continues going well. Just proves once again that what works or doesn't work for one may be the complete opposite for another, so always worth considering and finding out how your own body will respond.

    Know that feeling a bit better makes you want to jump for joy, but keep it down to a low skip.

     
    Old 04-12-2006, 06:48 PM   #8
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    Re: Drx 9000

    While I was in the ER last week for a herniated disc, one of the nurses recommended the DRX-9000. She told me that she had bulging discs in her lower spine and was in constant pain, and after several treatments, is no longer in pain and swears by it... I asked my dr and he said that he also heard that it helps some people, and it definately cant hurt.. But, based on QuietCook's story, I am a bit skeptical now..

     
    Old 04-12-2006, 10:21 PM   #9
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    [QUOTE=mmusilli]While I was in the ER last week for a herniated disc, one of the nurses recommended the DRX-9000. She told me that she had bulging discs in her lower spine and was in constant pain, and after several treatments, is no longer in pain and swears by it... I asked my dr and he said that he also heard that it helps some people, and it definately cant hurt.. But, based on QuietCook's story, I am a bit skeptical now..[/QUOTE]


    Remember that each of us may have a different level of herniation to begin with and each body responds differently. I cannot say that the treatment was the cause of the disc totally blowing, as it could have gone all on it's on.

    What I highly recommend is starting with a good true spine specialist. If a true spine specialist felt it worth trying, then I'd certainly consider it. My mistake was starting out with general ortho/neuro team and not focusing on either ortho or neuro who treated just spines. The care and level of information from my spine specialist has definitely allowed me to return to rather normal living, and that is wonderful!

    Hope you find relief soon.

     
    Old 04-13-2006, 07:19 AM   #10
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    I have to tell you that I was a little nervous about going through with the DRX treatment after reading the post about it blowing out her disc. But I started it anyway.

    I just finished my 8th treatment out of 24. They are completely painless. I've fallen asleep 2 times during treatment. The doctor did say I may feel a bit sore afterwards ( I do for the remainder of the day) But nothing dramatic. The day after is usually great. I go for a treatment every other day 3 times a week. This week the amount of pressure was increased by 10 pounds and Im sure it will be increased more in the future.
    Now the results.
    As I told the doctor yesterday the results are subtle but definate. Keep in mind that I was walking hunched over like a caveman when I first started. I couldnt go to any stores or stand online because the pain was to intense, even with the 16 motrin I was taking a day as well as muscle relaxers and some other "nerve" pain reducing medication. Since my 8 treatments I am walking upright, I am down to 8-10 Motrin daily with NO other medications. The pain is becoming more localized instead of all over. It also seems to be "flaring up" less and less. Will it make me "perfect" again? I dont know. I have spoken to many others in the office of all ages and spinal problems and almost all have good results. I know that I have to give it a shot, my next step would be a spinal to reduce pain until I did the surgery and take my chances. The doctor said that he would give me 12 treatments and If I didnt feel better by then I could expect a full refund. Seems like he has alot of faith in what he is doing.
    My suggestion. If you've tried everything else. From PT to hynposis to reading books, to praying... give this a shot before you have surgery.

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    Old 04-13-2006, 09:00 AM   #11
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    Hi Greg,
    It is great to hear some good news !!! I hope your recovery continues to progress. We all know how depressing it is to only see the bad stories on here, I have several family members that may qualify for this, but they are so closed minded that they don't even want to try a Chiro. I wish they would go on here and see your story as well as others that have had great success with treatments that are not the norm.

    Good luck !!!

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    Old 04-25-2006, 09:37 AM   #12
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    Eight years ago I had surgery, discectomy on L4/L5 region of my back. For the last 8 years I've done okay. A few months ago my foot started to go numb again. Symptoms grew and I went and saw the doc last week then an MRI last weekend. The results show I have narrowing on L4/L5 and a herniation on L3. I have a friend who has done the VAX-D treatment and has recommend the DRX 9000. My current symptoms are currently pins and needles in my feet. Weakness in my one thigh and just a general feeling of not being right.

    So, first of all I'm rather happy to read about someone having good results with the DRX 9000. I'm very interested in getting some sort of relief without surgery. Doctor is recommending shots first or a referral to a nuerosurgeon. I'm still a little bit in the phase of wrapping my mind around the fact that I have a new herniation. And trying to balance my thoughts on what to do.

    I think I'm going to call my local DRX 9000 guy for an appointment. I look forward to more reports of how it's going for you Greg.

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    Old 04-26-2006, 05:35 AM   #13
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    Hi Drew,

    One of the main reasons I did not want to go with the surgery is what happened to you. I did alot of research and found that in many cases pressure put on the other discs after surgery greetly increases the risk of damaging the other disc. Also, there is a reason why our disc herniate. Not because we moved a certain way or lifted something heavy. The final act (actual herniation) is the culmanation of years of wear and tear. In my case the doctor that does the DRX 9000 on me found out I was "off centered". My right leg is carry 35 more pound than my left leg! its been like that for years. And after I fifnish the treatments it will happen again unless I correct it. I will be doing specific excercises to get my distribution back to normal. Also they found I have 1 shoulder lower than the other!! All this messes with my back and be corrected by tageted excercise.
    The treatments have been wonderful. I am getting better and better after every treatment. I even went to Yankee stadium and walked up and down the steps and walked down the ramp from the upper level. A little pain but nothng bad. I then had to walk to my car in the lot. It was one of my biggest fears. How could I ever get to see the Yankkes play with the constant pain I was in. This machine is wonderful. Give it a shot

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    Old 04-26-2006, 11:47 AM   #14
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    Greg, would you mind sharing how much each visit costs?
    I am trying to talk my husband into trying it out, he is being very
    close minded as he knows it is considered experimental.
    He has DDD. Thanks !

     
    Old 05-01-2006, 04:42 AM   #15
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    The treatments are sold as a package. It includes 24 treatments, initial consultation, initial exam and also 5 personalized physical therapy sessions. I understand they range from $4- $5000 .Mine was $5000. Insurance does not cover it. The part that got me was that the Doctor in writing said that after 12 visiits if I did not feel better he would [B]give all my money back[/B]. They also offer finance and payment plans.
    On another note, This weekend I actually did some lawn work, a barbecue for some friends ans opened up our hot tub. All include leaning and bending. Before the treatments none of this stuff would have been possible. I was careful and by the end of the day I was a little sore... but again it was nothing that I couldnt live with. Come to think of it maybe I was sore because I havent been able to do this stuff for a while!

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